How to use Ritalin 10mg
Ritalin 10mg. This medication is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – ADHD. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Methylphenidate belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants. It can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve listening skills.This medication is also used to treat a certain sleep disorder (narcolepsy).
How to use Ritalin 10mg
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking methylphenidate and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 2 or 3 times a day. This medication is best taken 30 to 45 minutes before a meal. However, if you have stomach upset, you may take this medication with or after a meal or snack. Taking this medication late in the day may cause trouble sleeping (insomnia).
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your doctor may direct you to gradually increase or decrease your dose. Also, if you have used it for a long time, do not suddenly stop using this drug without consulting your doctor.
Ritalin vs Adderall: Is Ritalin 10mg Better Than Adderall?
Ritalin and Adderall (a common delivery system for a different ADHD medication called amphetamine) are both central nervous system stimulant medications used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. There is no intrinsic property of either medication that would make it automatically better or more preferred for the treatment of ADHD.
- Ritalin and Adderall both have the same level of effectiveness
- Ritalin and Adderall both have the same positive response rate of about 70% of people
- Ritalin and Adderall both have the same number and severity of side effects
- Ritalin and Adderall are very short in their duration of benefits in their immediate released formations (about 4 hours for either one). Both need some sort of extended release delivery system.
- Ritalin and Adderall both cost about the same
That said, just about every person will have a clear preference for one molecule — amphetamine (AMPH) or methylphenidate (MPH) — over the other. No known factor predicts who will do best with MPH and who will do better with AMPH. As far as can be determined this preference for one molecule over the other does not run in families.
Side Effects of Ritalin 10mg
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: signs of blood flow problems in the fingers or toes (such as coldness, numbness, pain, or skin color changes), unusual wounds on the fingers or toes, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, mental/mood/behavior changes (such as agitation, aggression, mood swings, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide), uncontrolled muscle movements (such as twitching, shaking), sudden outbursts of words/sounds that are hard to control, vision changes (such as blurred vision).
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: fainting, seizure, symptoms of a heart attack (such as chest/jaw/left arm pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating), symptoms of a stroke (such as weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, sudden vision changes, confusion).